A film constructed using the opposition of what a huge collection of recently discovered glass-plate photographs from the ’30s and ’40s tell us about Romania and what they do not show. The Dead Nation is a documentary-essay, which shows a stunning collection of photographs from a Romanian small town in the 1930s and 1940s. The soundtrack, composed mostly from excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, shows us what the photographs do not: the rising of the anti-Semitism and eventually a harrowing depiction of the Romanian Holocaust, a topic which is not very talked about in the contemporary Romanian society.
directed and written by: Radu Jude producer: Ada Solomon
The screening is followed by a talk with director Radu Jude and film critic Andrei Rus.